Isotope Geologist (Research Associate) - Geochronology/Computational Geoscience

  • $77,828 - $105,008 (ALA) + 17% superannuation
  • Full time, fixed term 2 year contract
  • Elevate your career and join a world leading research team!

Job Reference: 1154885

Timescales of Mineral Systems Group

Est. in 2015, the Timescales of Mineral Systems Group combines >40 years of experience in innovative geochemistry and geochronology pertinent to geological processes underpinning mineral endowment. We apply isotopic tools to resolve geological uncertainty via customised projects with accessible outputs to meet industry needs. We conduct groundbreaking research to ultimately reduce exploration risk through understanding mineral systems.

More information can be found at

Your new role

We are in search of an accomplished Isotope Geologist proficient in geochronology and computational geoscience who can bring their dedicated knowledge and experience to carry out world-leading, industry relevant and blue skies research.

The position will carry out research in geochronology and isotope geology to address a wide range of geological questions, including those that reduce exploration risk. The position will develop geochronology projects, involving some that address an industry need, analyse appropriate samples via mass spectrometry, develop computational techniques, and report findings in high quality peer-reviewed outputs. The position will contribute to research within the Timescales of Mineral Systems Group in the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

In this role you will:

  • Use cutting edge mass spectrometry equipment housed within the John De Laeter Centre, Curtin to determine the age and isotopic signature of natural materials and address geological questions.
  • Develop computational techniques to reduce isotope data to better understand past environments.
  • Report findings via appropriate means, including peer-reviewed journal publications and (inter)national conferences
  • Develop an externally-funded research portfolio through demand-driven (industry) and/or researcher-driven (competitive grants) income
  • Contribute expertise to support research of other group members and students within the Timescales of Mineral Systems Group
  • Contribute to teaching with the school as may be required, including supporting higher degree research students

You will have:

  • A relevant postgraduate degree in geosciences or related field, or an equivalent combination of relevant work experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated expertise in mass spectrometry, analysis, data reduction, and programming skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent organisational skills with the ability to organise time and work activities according to priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and oral communication skills with the ability to consult and liaise effectively with a diverse range of people and with cross cultural sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated effective written communication skills, with the ability to construct clear and concise correspondence and documentation, including preparation of reports and generation of high-quality peer reviewed research outputs.
  • Proven ability to work well in a team, including respecting difference, leading, supporting others, accepting direction, and working to group goals.
  • Demonstrated research and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster geoscience research education.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Previous work experience in a tertiary environment.
  • Experience with generating, handling, executing and delivering demand-driven research.
  • Proven experience in isotope data manipulation / interpretation
  • Ability to write appropriate software code.
  • Understanding of statistical tools used in the geosciences.

We encourage non-Australian citizens/residents to apply however you will require work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role, and you must be willing to relocate to Perth, Western Australia for the duration of the position.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Prof. Chris Kirkland, Group Leader Timescales of Mineral Systems Group at

About us

We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace, offering generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

For more information about our university, please visit

Why choose Curtin?

  • Curtin is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2020 and QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • Curtin was recently ranked 26th in the world for Geology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • The disciplines of Geology and Geochemistry have both been awarded the maximum ranking of 5 in the recent federal government's "Excellence in Research for Australia" assessments.
  • The Timescales of Mineral Systems Group ( is a dynamic, award-winning research group that fosters a supportive and inclusive research environment. Join a team of top scientists to drive world-leading research and shape the future of mineral exploration.
  • Through the John de Laeter Centre at Curtin University ( you will have access to >AU$50M in world-class research infrastructure including, but not limited to, a SelFrag, ion microprobes, laser ablation systems, noble gas mass spectrometers, atom probe, tem, TOF-SIMS and electron microscopes.
  • Perth, Western Australia, is rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world, offering a great climate and pristine beaches. Immerse yourself in a thriving cultural scene, relish the outdoors, and embrace a balanced quality of life in this vibrant city by the coast.

Join us!

Please provide a cover letter and your CV, addressing the selection criteria (noted above) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

To view a copy of the generic Academic Role Statement, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

Applications close: 4:15PM AWST Monday 5 February 2024.

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin’s satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), quoting the reference number.

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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